Strikingly is the best website builder for one page websites. If you’re not familiar with one page websites, they are long websites where clicking the navigation scrolls you up and down the page.
Most website builders aren’t well-suited to create one page websites. Some, like Wix, allow you to build one-page websites but it’s confusing. Strikingly is different. It uses an intuitive “sections” editor that really works well for one-page websites. (Strikingly can build multiple page websites if you upgrade to the highest plan— but you’ll get the most out of it if you build a one page website.)
Each page is made up of sections. Sections are blocks of content that stack up on the page that you can navigate between. Creating sections is easy and intuitive. You’ll get the hang of it quickly. Here’s an example of the Hero section:
While Strikingly includes a good amount of pre-built sections, you can also make your own section. You can add columns, headings, videos, features, images and more— basically anything you want. One frustrating thing: 'make your own' sections require you to have a header and subheader— why?
Strikingly has built a comfortable niche in the website builder world: it’s the best way to build a one page website. It’s section-editor is uniquely suited for that and it works well.
You can add a blog section that lists posts and links to individual pages. The style of the individual pages is not tied into your template— instead the individual blog posts have their own separate style that doesn't necessarily tie into your template. It's not a conventional way to organize a blog— so that might bother some users. Most of the necessary features are included: you can add comments to your blog, integrate with Disqus, create drafts etc. (Though you can't set posts to publish on a future date.) Show Screenshot
Simple ecommerce— you can set product variations, categories, set shipping options and create coupon codes. There is no digital products or tax system. You can't checkout with multiple items, but because Strikingly is for one-page websites, it's not like you're going to be hosting a large catalogue. You can preview the email notifications your customers receive but you can't customize them in any way. Show Screenshot
There is a contact form you can drop into your website but it doesn't allow you to add new fields— you can simply choose from Name, Email, Phone and Message. Submissions are sent to your email address and also saved within Strikingly so you can always access it later.
Excellent, fully functional iOS and Android apps let you edit your website, manage ecommerce orders, view analytics and more.
You can upload images that display sharp and crisp on retina devices (such as iPhones and Macbooks) but some of images Strikingly provides do not (example: a "Download on the App Store" button).
There is a newsletter signup form but it doesn't integrate with any mailing list providers (such as Mailchimp). Instead it just sends the form results to your email address (which will make for painful data entry). There is a Mailchimp widget in the app store— but it's essentially just a textbox to copy and paste your Mailchimp form (so no stylistic integration with the theme). Show Screenshot
Strikingly offers 25 themes to choose from— up from 13 a year ago, which is good to see. Themes are contemporary and skew towards startups and freelancers.
I really like the concept of one page websites. They make a great fit if you are disciplined about what goes on the website. Here’s another example theme:
There is serious lack of theme customization. You can only set one custom color for the website (if you upgrade to Pro) but you can’t customize font colors, font sizes, border colors, background images etc.
I was able to buy and cancel Strikingly with ease.